8 July Events in Santa Fe for the Culturally Curious Traveler

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Established in 1610, Santa Fe turns 408 this year and is among the oldest cities in the United States. With our vast history and unique mix of cultures in mind, where better to spend Independence Day or an all-American summer weekend than in The City Different.  Set some time aside to visit Santa Fe and attend one of these July events, festivals, markets or concerts.

Independence Day in Santa Fe

Pull out your red, white and blue and come decked out in patriotic threads to enjoy Pancakes on the Plaza the morning of July 4th. (Photo by TOURISM Santa Fe)

Start off the month with family and friends celebrating America’s birthday in Santa Fe! Be sure to kick off your 4th of July sweet and syrupy at the city’s annual Pancakes on The Plaza. Take pride in the knowledge that all proceeds made from the flap-jack filled event will benefit children and families in need. Following that delicious breakfast, visit the car show on the plaza and find an unoccupied bench to sit back and relax on. Finally, experience the magic of a colorful fireworks show, complete with live music, local food trucks, and other entertainment at the Santa Fe Place Mall on July 4, 2018.

ART Santa Fe

Contemporary art from around the world comes to Santa Fe in July during the ART Santa Fe show. (Photo Courtesy of ART Santa Fe)

Visitors from around the world might know that Santa Fe is a mecca for artists and art connoisseurs alike, but many don’t know about the artists that come to Santa Fe in the summer to show their work at our many art markets and festivals. July 12-15, 2018, exceptional artists and galleries from around the world will converge at ART Santa Fe in a sublime display of cutting edge contemporary art. Stick around for the day as there will be special events and live entertainment to accompany the event. Whether you’re a collector, designer, or just an art aficionado, you won’t want to miss it.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Attendees at the International Folk Art Market meet master artists from around the world. (Photo Courtesy of the International Folk Art Market)

Enjoy an international experience without having to pack your passport, July 13-15, 2018 at the 15th annual International Folk Art Market. Our International Folk Art Market is the largest of its kind in the world with more than 160 master artists from over 50 countries, represented. A large variety of jewelry, beadwork, basketry, carvings, ceramics, glasswork, metalwork, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, textiles, musical instruments, and more will be presented throughout the market. Artists range from honored tradition-bearers to young creators, recreating ancient forms and adding their modern perspective. Treasures can be found in all price ranges.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Classical music is performed almost everyday during the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. (Photo Courtesy of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival)

Classical music has deep roots in Santa Fe and musicians travel to The City Different every summer to participant in the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Now in its 46th season, the 2018 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is the epitome of a summer music must-do. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi – you’ll hear music from all the masters, with concerts almost nightly from July 15 through August 20, 2018.

HIPICO Santa Fe Summer Series

The Santa Fe Summer Series brings the excitement of horse jumping to The City Different in July. (Photo Courtesy of HIPICO)

Cantering through Santa Fe, July 18 to August 12, 2018 is the nationally A-rated equestrian hunter/jumper competition, the Santa Fe Summer Series at HIPICO Santa Fe. This series of events will showcases the skills and determination of equestrian enthusiasts and their horses. The event takes place over 4 weeks and features: world-class footing, a beautiful venue, incredible art, live music, a unique VIP experience, exhibitor parties and wiener dog races. New in 2018 is the Sister City Challenge Cup: International Show Jumping Competition on July 27-29, 2018, where riders from Santa Fe will compete against riders from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival

Soloists receive a standing ovation during a performance of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale (Photo Courtesy of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale)

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale enters its 36th year with the 2018 Summer Festival featuring compositions spanning four centuries of chorale music. Led by Music Director, Joshua Habermann, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale presents Latin American Baroque from the 17th century, collaborations with Caminos del Inka, which incorporates multi-media, and finishes off with modern composers like Bernstein and Barber. Catch a show from July 21-August 9, 2018.

¡Viva Mexico! Fiesta

Catch a Mariachi performance during the ¡Viva Mexico! Fiesta at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. (Photo by TOURISM Santa Fe)

Rediscover Santa Fe’s shared history and cross-cultural ties with Mexico at the 11th Annual ¡Viva Méxicoǃ Fiesta at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. This celebration on July 21-22 features traditional foods prepared by Santa Fe Mexican Chefs, Mariachi music, art, traditional spiritual healing and a charro equestrian team. Enjoy the colorful sounds of the mariachis while you shop in the mercado and enjoy the signature cuisine. Pull out your sombrero and practice cheering “¡Viva Méxicoǃ”

Traditional Spanish Market

Watch artists work on traditional Spanish Colonial art techniques like tin work and straw applique during this annual market. (Photo Courtesy of the Traditional Spanish Market)

It’s no surprise that Santa Fe boasts the deepest roster of traditional Spanish artists in the country. Many of the artisans who show at the Traditional Spanish Market are direct descendants of the city’s Spanish settlers. Approximately 250 Spanish Colonial Artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado will take part in this extraordinary event, bringing to Santa Fe a critical mass of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork. The market takes place on July 28 and July 29, 2018 on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in Santa Fe this summer and a July full of cultural events just might be the reason you need to plan a visit now. Make sure to book your accommodations early as many hotels around the city can sell out on these busy event weekends. For more travel details to get you on your way to The City Different order the 2018 Santa Fe Travel Guide now.

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